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Dear Community Listers,

It is a great honour to be the Tireless and Fresh Volunteer at
Global Learn Day -II event listserv. I am really enjoying the feedback of
postings..I hope, others are also ready to join this GLD-II project..Please
read the release below in details, and contact me for further informations.
For latest instant summary of GLD-II Event, Please send a blank message to
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Regards from Tireless
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Contact: Linda Riddell at <[log in to unmask]>
(GLDII Webcast by Broadcast.com)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 29, 1998:
GLOBAL LEARN DAY II IS A 28-HOUR, GROUND-BREAKING, INTERNATIONAL WEBCAST ON
OCTOBER 10 AND 11;

NEW RAMPS WITH NEW TOOLS (NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND) IS ONE OF ITS THEMES.

This release includes three parts:
(1) Announcement of Access and Disability component of Global Learn Day II
(2) Backgrounder for Access and Disability component
(3) Backgrounder for overall Global Learn Day II

What's "Pebbles" the video conferencing robot up to? What's cutting edge
technology in the virtual conference room or classroom? Did you know the
typewriter was technology originally invented for use by persons who were blind?

A three hour portion of the Global Learn Day II webcast is being called **
New Ramps with New Tools (No one gets left behind)**. This portion of the
ground breaking 28 hour webcast will focus on how access through technology
has greatly increased the possibilities for people with disabilities to be
part of the mainstream in their countries. The panels and presentations
during the event will focus on the computer adaptations that permit people
with disabilities to participate fully in the information age.

One story will be that of a parent in North Bay, Ontario who was isolated in
raising her child with a disability, before the computing networks came
around. Now, she has help and support from people
around the world.

And as the baby boomer population grows older, and as we head towards the
year 2000, there will be an increasing focus on technological developments
that enable people to stay active and involved in their communities.
Historically, technology for people with disabilities has been of great help
to everybody. Did you know that the telephone was considered an experiment
that failed, originally invented for Alexander Graham Bell's wife, a person
who was deaf?

The organizers of Global Learn Day II at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of
Global Education, San Diego, California have announced that the three hour
segment will begin on October 10th, starting in
Canada, at 9:00 PDT   GMT1700   12:00 EDT). It will continue in New York
State in the United States of America until 12 PDT   GMT 2000   15:00 EDT.
(See attached details of the 3 hour presentation).

For more information contact:
Norm Coombs <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (716) 442 4059 Professor, Rochester
Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and chair of the Internet
programme, EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information).

Bill McQueen  <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (416) 410 2491
Producer, Fireweed Media Productions. Toronto, Canada.

John Hibbs <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (619) 230 0212 Director,
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Learning. San Diego, California. USA.

Web URL: http://www.bfranklin.edu Email <[log in to unmask]> for instant
summary of Global Learn Day II.


**BACKGROUNDER TO GLOBAL LEARN DAY II   NEW RAMPS WITH NEW TOOLS (NO
ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND)**

On October 10th and 11th this year the 28 hour (non stop), the Global Learn
Day II webcast will be seen, heard and participated in by several hundred
thousand  persons on the Internet. This around the world Cyber Voyage will
visit 21 ports covering more than 200 countries. The webcast celebrates new
opportunities and new technologies for distance education, in fact learning
for everybody, no matter where they live.

Technology of all kinds has played a role in improving the lives of people
with many types of disabilities all over the globe. The Webcast will include
video, panel discussions and user interactivity
related to many aspects of education, technology, access and disability.  A
wide range of leading and cutting edge technology for persons with
disabilities will be seen and discussed and the exchange
of innovative ideas will take place interactively between the panelists and
viewer/participants in Cyberspace. New solutions that were applied locally,
may  have international significance. The stories will be as current and
relevant as possible.

The New Ramps with New Tools (No one gets left behind) exploration of this
technology will be led by  Dr. Norman Coombs, Professor at the Rochester
Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and chair of the Internet
programme, EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information). He will be
joined in Canada by Bill McQueen and Don Peuramaki, previously members of
the production team of the *Disability Network* television series at the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and by Jutta Treviranus of the Adaptive
Technology Resource Centre of the University of Toronto.

During the Canadian portion of the 3 hour presentation an exploration will
be undertaken of functional and practical technological solutions to the
inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and their access to
information. It will be discovered that these are relatively low cost
solutions, and PC based. Personal stories from people with disabilities will
show what it means to be  included in society when technological solutions
are made available. No one is left behind. One story is that of a parent
from North Bay, Ontario. She was very isolated in raising her child with a
disability, before the computing networks came around. Now, she has help and
support from people and virtual communities around the world.

"New Ramps" will show where to go for information about these resources and
how people with disabilities use this technology to fully participate in the
community, in schools and higher education
and in the workplace. There will be a visit to SNOW (Special Needs
Opportunity Windows). It is a pilot project aimed at developing ways for
learners with special needs to electronically access curriculum materials;
and to PEBBLES, a project that allows students who must stay at home or in a
hospital to attend a school through a videoconferencing robot.
(http://snow.utoronto.ca/index.html;
http://snow.utoronto.ca/pebbles.html)

There will be discussion about universal design and how barriers to access
can be overcome. Discussions will show how technology has taken a step up,
and how the consumer has also moved a step up in their knowledge of
computers and technology. During the hour presentation segments will
examination the impact of access to computers, and access to computing
networks and connecting to virtual communities.

Through the personal stories of people with disabilities themselves and the
experts who create the hardware and software,  specific hardware/software
solutions for people with disabilities will be
surveyed. A final section will look at concerns facing people with
disabilities and access to websites.. Our presentations are for the consumer
with disabilities who is information hungry. The online
viewer will be encouraged to participate in the discussions.

The stop over in New York State will highlight the distance learning
programmes of the Rochester Institute of Technology and especially its work
with deaf and hard of hearing through its National Technical Institute for
the Deaf.

Several projects sponsored by the National Science foundation to encourage
people with disabilities to work in the sciences will be presented,
including conversations with high school and college students.  Researchers
developing new tools to provide tactile access to graphic images will be
discussed including Dr. L. Scadden and Dr. J. Gardner.

The Internet model of access to information developed by EASI is also
presented. EASI is deeply involved in distance learning as a way to spread
the gospel of access to the information age for all. This work can be seen
on the web at http://www.rit.edu/~easi and includes audio and video content.
In the information age, people with disabilities are truly the information
hungry, and the information highway has opened a world of opportunity for them.

Steven Gilbert of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group, an Affiliate
of the American Association for Higher Education, will describe how
technology is now rapidly transforming classrooms as well as providing
distance learning.  Many leaders are concerned as to how this revamping of
how we teach and learn will impact women, minorities and people with
disabilities.

The NCR Corporation will demonstrate some tools it has developed to permit
disabled people to use banking machines and describe how tools designed for
the disabled actually make many technologies more friendly and useable for
everyone.

For more information contact:
Norm Coombs <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (716) 442 4059 Professor, Rochester
Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and chair of the Internet
programme, EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information).

Bill McQueen  <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (416) 410 2491
Producer, Fireweed Media Productions. Toronto, Canada.

John Hibbs <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (619) 230 0212 Director,
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Learning. San Diego, California. USA.

Web URL: http://www.bfranklin.edu Email <[log in to unmask]> for instant
summary of Global Learn Day II.


**BACKGROUNDER FOR THE OVERALL GLOBAL LEARN DAY II On October 10 a
second round the world voyage will be launched into the waters of Internet
Cyberspace.  The Global Clipper Ship will make its voyage to 21 ports of
call over twenty eight hours.  The expedition will
explore how learning, education and access to information can be extended to
every corner of the earth through existing Internet technology and the
development of new computing technologies.  During
the earth wide voyage, thousands upon thousands of persons from around the
world will see, learn, and discuss ways for creating new opportunities
gaining knowledge through advances in technology that
will benefit all humankind.

Global Learn Day II  is an international webcast focusing on developments in
distance education and Internet technology. The project was initiated by the
Benjamin Franklin Institute in San Diego. This innovative webcast starts out
on October 10th in Guam and then moves around the globe over 24 hours. It
connects people in such places as New Zealand, Japan, China, Egypt, England,
and Canada. This is the second year for Global Learn Day, although this
year's project is more complex than last year's. (See the website at
www.bfranklin.edu)

As GLD II opens in the early hours of October 10th on Guam, it will be
hosted by the Governor of Guam, and co hosted from Wellington New Zealand,
by the Mayor of Wellington . He will deliver an address on "where the planet
will be at the beginning of the new millennium".

For more information contact:
Norm Coombs <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (716) 442 4059 Professor, Rochester
Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and chair of the Internet
programme, EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information).

Bill McQueen  <[log in to unmask]>, Telephone: (416) 410 2491
Producer, Fireweed Media Productions. Toronto, Canada.


Welcome aboard!

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education
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Voice: 619-230-0212, Fax: 619-230-0212
www.bfranklin.edu/gld98/media.html
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GLDII
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Thank you for listening..

Kind Regards
Arun
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